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National Geographic photographer's surprise encounter with deadly predator

By dpreview staff on Oct 18, 2012 at 19:38 GMT

National Geographic photographers can find themselves in unusual, extreme and potentially dangerous situations, trying to capture the 'never before seen' images the magazine is famous for. However, contributing photographer Paul Nicklen's story of his close encounter with a huge Leopard Seal (one of the top predators in the Antarctic), shows there's still opportunity for surprises in the job.

We heard about this video following Nicklen being given the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the year 2012 award.

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Raw Images Raw Talk
By Raw Images Raw Talk (Oct 19, 2012)

The ultimate photographer's gig.

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Kokeen4231
By Kokeen4231 (Oct 19, 2012)

Haha I wonder if the seal mistook him for another. Nat Geo always capture amazing rare stuff. Some awesome pics he has got too.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (Oct 19, 2012)

What a cute baby animal :)

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Marianne Oelund
By Marianne Oelund (Oct 19, 2012)

Yes, that must be exactly what the leopard seal was thinking about the photographer!

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Oct 19, 2012)

Did the seal mistake Paul Nicklen as a baby seal? Kinda like female money taking care of a dog?

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charita
By charita (Oct 19, 2012)

Wonderful story, and those graphic images are simply outstanding. Well done Nicklen, and to DPR for bringing it to us.
Charles.

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Oct 18, 2012)

That photographer knows what good equipment is! Thanks for sharing DPR :)

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Raw Images Raw Talk
By Raw Images Raw Talk (Oct 19, 2012)

That is really what you took from the video?

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Oct 19, 2012)

Yes!

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mytake
By mytake (Oct 18, 2012)

I'm here a lot...sometimes, I read something that makes me really glad I came, this is one of those times. Thanks DPR...

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Marshal
By Marshal (Oct 18, 2012)

That is so Cool!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Oct 18, 2012)

More of this please... no more AyPad or AyPhone for goodness sake!

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Oct 19, 2012)

Oh you poor baby, there is a HTC One X review for you.

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tbcass
By tbcass (Oct 18, 2012)

It's a seal. Very deadly to the fish and penguins it eats.

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ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (Oct 18, 2012)

Scary - A female diver was killed by a leopard seal in Artarctica some years back. Somehow, the seal looks Giger-like.

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brightlight
By brightlight (Oct 19, 2012)

She was snorkelling and the consensus at the time was the leopard seal mistook here for a large penguin or possibly a seal since leopard seals will eat other seals.

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valdazis
By valdazis (Oct 18, 2012)

Hallelujah Dpreview! I hope this is one (hopefully not the last) of your new steps recently into a different conception of you site development. We need more of THIS alongside what you're already were doing. Thank you.

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JPMontez
By JPMontez (Oct 18, 2012)

Paul Nicklen has just won the "2012: Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year" award:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/category.do?category=56&group=4

I think this is why DPReview recovered the video.

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willing Wil
By willing Wil (Oct 18, 2012)

That makes sense. I somehow skipped that sentence before clicking on the video. Thanks for clarifying.

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JPMontez
By JPMontez (Oct 19, 2012)

@ willing Wil: I think that sentence was not there in the beginning... I didn't see it either...

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GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (Oct 18, 2012)

Wow!!!

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zigi_S
By zigi_S (Oct 18, 2012)

So cool! pun intended, haha

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willing Wil
By willing Wil (Oct 18, 2012)

Is this still considered "news"? The YouTube link was posted back in 2009.. Interesting story nonetheless..

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Mikeobe
By Mikeobe (Oct 18, 2012)

Great video, Thanks!

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MarkByland
By MarkByland (Oct 18, 2012)

Excellent. Great article.

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moimoi
By moimoi (Oct 18, 2012)

This guy has some balls. No only he has the guts, but he actually delivers a fantastic story. Thumbs up!

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agogo
By agogo (Oct 18, 2012)

Wow! You don't realize how BIG those things are until you see one sized up against a full-grown man!!
Does this guy have the best job in the world or what?

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Robert Morris
By Robert Morris (Oct 18, 2012)

Last time a female offer me anything cost me a months pay. Of course I was on shore leave back in the 70's.

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tektrader
By tektrader (Oct 18, 2012)

He must have HUGE balls to get into the water with an animal like that.

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thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Oct 18, 2012)

Amen, brother. LOL :-)

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audiobomber
By audiobomber (Oct 18, 2012)

He should have offered her a sandwich.

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mikdes26
By mikdes26 (Oct 18, 2012)

Wow. Very cool.

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Joe P Doyle
By Joe P Doyle (Oct 18, 2012)

Saw this on TED about six months ago, great story

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scooby0068
By scooby0068 (Oct 18, 2012)

First time I've seen it, thanks DPR! :)

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Apsphoto
By Apsphoto (Oct 18, 2012)

I saw this quite a while ago, still good stuff.

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thorkilry
By thorkilry (Oct 18, 2012)

certainly waow....

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balios
By balios (Oct 18, 2012)

If a giant leopard seal the size of a grizzly wants me to eat a penguin, I'd eat the penguin.

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scooby0068
By scooby0068 (Oct 18, 2012)

yepper! lol balios.....

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Maxis Gamez
By Maxis Gamez (Oct 18, 2012)

This is old but still amazing!

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mandophoto
By mandophoto (Oct 18, 2012)

Wow, great story. Thank you, DPR, for posting this.

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